"Do not let the size of this book intimidate you. It's going to be one of the best historical mysteries you've read in a long time! The characters (with the appearance of several famous Americans), the historical New York City, and the science and detection methods all weave together in this fantastic story about the hunt for a serial killer. Dr. Kreizler is the closest to an American Sherlock Holmes as I've seen, and the narrator's storytelling reads much like Dr. Watson. Surprisingly suspenseful and tense as we turn the pages, it all comes to a finale that pays off. Definitely worth reading. 4.5 stars."
"So I bought this book after seeing a demonstration video online. Bought it and started baking bread. My DH has absolutely taken over, and now is a master bread-baker! The breads are very good, and we really enjoy them.
One catch, though. While it only takes 5 minutes to form your loaf with the dough from the fridge, it does need to rise for 40 minutes and then bake for up to 30. So it's not a matter of grab from the fridge and pop into the oven. It isn't really ideal for someone working full-time and coming home and making a quick meal."
"While the information about sharing signs with your child seems useful, I was very disappointed to see that this book does not use American Sign Language. Instead, it encourages parents to develop signs with their child. Personally, I think that it's important to use ASL, and given that many signs are fairly intuitive, I think that developing your own set of signs sort of defeats the purpose of teaching sign language to your children. How will my children communicate with people outside of the immediate family? With ASL, there is a possibility that they could, with self-developed signs there is no chance."
"I just finished reading this translation and was delighted. I can hardly believe the difference this excellent translation made! Reads just like any epic poem (though there are some footnotes still required!). I really enjoyed reading this.
Can't comment on the supplemental information because I did not read it. I just wanted to read the new translation."
"I made a few batches of bagels using the step-by-step process in this book, and my DH (who is from NY) said that the bagels were fantastic! (I thought they were darned good, too!) The process, however, is very time-consuming. Be prepared to spend a good chunk of time to get those hot, fresh bagels at home!"
"This is a fantastic little book with many different bread recipes. It also has a handy step-by-step guide to making yeast breads in the introduction. It's a short book, but a great one for the beginning bread maker."
"I was disappointed with this book. Instead of providing general information on storing items purchased at the store, it gave recipes for using extra-large sizes of ingredients. I expected more suggestions on long-term storage, but it was mostly recipes. I'm sure this would be fine for some people, but it was not what I was looking for."
"I've tried a few recipes from this slow cooker book, and I just prefer my Fix-It-And-Forget-It much better. The recipes I've tried that look family friendly are VERY bland, and the ones that look like they're not bland are really not family friendly. I guess I'm at a "Betty Crocker" stage in my family's life, not BH&G!"
"I read this book a while ago, and it's worth a read. Fran escapes from her abusive husband by using an underground network that helps abused women "disappear". She brings along her son, so that he will no longer be exposed to the violence her husband unleashes on her. She sets up a new life, but always in fear that her husband may find her. A heartbreaking account of what abuse does to a woman and her household. I'd give it more stars, except the ending really wasn't as good as the rest of the book. I didn't expect a "happily ever after" finish, and it had a bit of a twist, but it just seemed flat when compared to the rest of the novel."
"Dick Francis is in top form in this novel. The main character's struggle with depression complicates his investigation into some prime bloodstock horses that have been stolen and his attempts to recover them. The insurance investigator from the insurance company is at first adversarial but becomes a friend as the story continues. Worth a read!"
"This book was a lifesaver when I was writing all of those thank-you notes after my wedding. Many tips for writing an effective note, including what to say if you're not even sure what the gift is (and yes, I received a couple of those, LOL). I received comments on how nice my notes were. I still use a lot of the tips today! Very useful."
"Wow. What to say about this book. While the ending was satisfactory, getting there was excruciating. It took every ounce of willpower to get to the end, as I found pretty much every suspect in this novel completely insufferable. The only thing holding me was the interesting Bea Hannaford (the regional inspector heading the murder investigation), coupled with her perspective on the relationship between Lynley and Havers.
If you're only half-way devoted to this series, I doubt you'll find this to your liking. If you're a devoted fan, you will want to read it in preparation for the next novel. I won't be picking the next one up, however, if its reviews are tepid. This one overall was a disappointment to me."
"My husband was SO disappointed with this book. He was so disappointed that he actually had me post it here, and he's a total book hoarder! He said that it read like an outline and was completely lacking in the narrative prose that was so distinctive to Tolkien. While he was reading it, I suggested to him that we leave to go out to dinner and he said with great disdain, "Give me a few minutes. I want to see this character die. I've been anticipating it for so long." Definitely not a good sign. I gave it one star, just because he did manage to finish the book."
"This book certainly has its moments, but even taken as a parody I was disappointed with it. The premise: Carolyn Keene takes copious notes of her roommate Nancy Drew's stories and makes a fortune off the books she writes, and Nancy wants to set the record straight. The problem is that she didn't write summaries of the cases in the Nancy Drew books, it was a memoir of her later years. Some of the stories were hilarious, and also the fact that she always carries a magnifying glass, but the whole thing was Nancy Drew - Good girl gone "bad". It was worth a read, but I found it just a bit disappointing."
"This book uses low-fat substitutions to make fairly standard fare more healthy. So instead of using Jell-O, it would substitute the sugar-free version in the recipe. Other common substitutions are: applesauce instead of oil, adding milk powder for nutrition, and using Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese.
But many of these substitutions can be done on your own, without using this book. Plus, I found that some of the recipes were too work-intensive to fit my schedule with working full-time outside the home. Not a bad cookbook, but it just doesn't really fit my lifestyle."
"Another gem in the Savannah Reid series. Let's face it, if you've made it through 10 of the books in this series, you're likely to enjoy #11. Nice sideline story about the challenges that overweight people face in life. Surprise twist ending, and a bit of fun with Dirk and Savannah. Another fun romp with Savannah and the gang."
"Amazing looking recipes, but be prepared to hunt down some fairly unusual ingredients. The recipes really look solid, but this book is definitely not for an everyday cook. It's far more geared to the home gourmet chef and foodie. If you don't have ready access to exotic ingredients, this cookbook is not for you. For my household with young children, it was definitely not for us."